The E. Jay Matsler Estate presented significant gifts for historic preservation and the arts on Saturday afternoon.
Matsler was a child of a Hale County pioneer family and an avid supporter of historic preservation.
The E. Jay Matsler Trust will be established with a bequest of $348,000, for the purpose of supporting historic preservation projects in Lubbock and Hale counties.
Jay Matsler, the artist's youngest nephew, said that the trust is a wonderful way to celebrate E. Jay's life.
"We are here to celebrate his life," he said. "We are here to celebrate what he did for the Panhandle and for Lubbock and his legacy. It is just wonderful to know that a man has celebrated and been so much of everyone's life in this room. The dedication he has to Lubbock is one of the reasons why he made the bequest to the foundation, so he could see that the art would stay alive. That was one of his dreams."
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